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FINALISTCOMMITTED STAFF MEMBER AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2016-01-01 Karine Lévesque

Karine Lévesque

A teacher committed to fostering environmental awareness among young people

Being a special education teacher at a school with the highest deprivation index most certainly has its challenges. But Karine Lévesque, a teacher at Louis-Joseph-Papineau high school, sees her role as being the perfect opportunity to put her creativity to work in order to help motivate students to learn and guide them towards the path to success. And this creativity has taken many forms including a Green brigade, the Jardins des patriots garden, the Art-terre project, a used clothing shop, the salvaging of school materials and the Croque-livres book project.


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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2016-06-03 Victoria Dupont

Victoria Dupont

A student committed to becoming the successful and committed young woman she was before her sporting incident

Victoria Dupont, a brilliant student at Collège Jean de la Mennais, involved in many projects, and a determined and strong-willed athlete, had everything going for her until 23 August 2015, the day she was violently hit squarely in the face by a soccer ball, turning her life upside down. This is the reason why Victoria had to put everything on hold just as she was entering her last year of high school and learn to live with painful and relentless headaches. But despite all this, and although she has not yet fully recovered, thanks to her positive attitude and perseverance, she has managed to catch up in her school work and can now focus on successfully graduating from high school.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED PROJECT AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2016-05-27 Magasin du monde
MUTUAL AID, PEACE AND JUSTICE

Magasin du monde

Students committed to raising public awareness of responsible consumption and social inequality

In the society of abundance in which we live, we’ve lost our natural tendency to ask ourselves where the food on our table comes from. And raising awareness of the impact of our daily consumption is what’s at the very heart of the Magasin du monde project at École de la Magdeleine, which was initially set up by two students in 2011. In offering fair-trade products, for which producers are paid a fair price, Magasin du monde promotes responsible consumption as well as helping, through the profits it makes, to fund international development projects.


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Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2016-05-13 Maryse Cousineau

Maryse Cousineau

A special education teacher committed to leading young people towards greater acceptance and self-esteem

In order to spend over 30 years working with young people with academic and personal difficulties and still be just as committed to your profession, you definitely need to have a great ability to adapt and strong resilience, to which you need to add a good dose of craziness. This is almost word for word how Maryse Cousineau describes the recipe behind her long career in the field of education. As a special education teacher at Horizon Jeunesse high school working with students with dysphasia, she admits to having a heartfelt dedication to all the young people with whom she shares her daily life year after year.


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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2016-05-06 Mohamed-Ali Taleb

Mohamed-Ali Taleb

A student committed to better controlling his physical problems and taking the path to success

When Mohamed-Ali Taleb started kindergarten, he hadn’t even begun to talk due to a severe language disorder. It was only around the age of 6 that things started to come together for him. Then, over the years, with the help of numerous speech therapists, remedial teachers, occupational therapists and special needs teachers, and thanks to extremely determined parents, Mohamed-Ali made up for lost time, has taken his rightful place despite his disability and is now among the students who are doing very well at school. With all the headway he’s made, this Secondary 2 student at Saint-Laurent high school has every reason to be proud of himself.


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Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2016-04-29 Les jardins des patriotes

Les jardins des patriotes

Students committed to providing the Saint-Michel neighbourhood with a nurturing garden that will help improve the living conditions of local residents

“What would we do if we were no longer able to go to the supermarket?” This is the question almost word for word that teacher Karine Lévesque asked her students in the special education class and the job readiness training program at Louis-Joseph-Papineau high school at the beginning of the school year. “We’d produce our own food!” they all said in unison. And so this is what they decided to do when they developed their Les jardins des patriots project, a large urban vegetable garden that will be created on the school grounds this spring and will serve to promote food autonomy among the residents of Montreal’s Saint-Michel neighbourhood.


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Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2016-04-15 Mel-Lyna Cadieux

Mel-Lyna Cadieux

A student committed to protecting and advocating for pets

Nearly all children love animals. But there aren’t very many who love them so much that they would become a volunteer, working to defend their rights, raise awareness and provide people with information regarding their sometimes deplorable living conditions, as well as organizing fund raisers and material collections for animal shelters and asking people to sign petitions to denounce worrying situations. This is nonetheless the path that Mel-Lyna Cadieux chose to follow five years ago. The Secondary 5 student at Jacques-Rousseau high school is now 17 years old and never passes up an opportunity to try and help improve the plight of neglected and mistreated animals.


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Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2016-04-08 Angie Di Tomasso-Perry

Angie Di Tomasso-Perry

A student committed to going back to school to regain control of her destiny and get off the street

Even as a young girl, Angie Di Tomasso-Perry felt she was different from others, somewhat on the fringe. She was reluctant to conform to the subway-school-sleep model she believed was imposed on all young people. She relished her freedom, an attitude which, when combined with a few other problems, led her straight to a youth shelter and then onto the streets. This was the life she thought she cherished until one morning in March 2015 when she said to herself that this just couldn't go on. She called the youth centre, returned there of her own free will and resumed her studies. Today, Angie is convinced that the only way she’ll find true freedom is through school.


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Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2016-04-01 Journée portes-ouvertes sur le PFAE

Journée portes-ouvertes sur le PFAE

Students committed to showing their full potential in order to increase the number of internships in companies

Everyone is pleased when they receive recognition for their work or their abilities. For students with dysphasia about to embark on a work-oriented training program, this type of recognition is often hard to get, both from their fellow students and from their immediate family and certain employers. Three years ago, a group of students at Horizon Jeunesse high school decided they’d had enough of constantly slipping under the radar and chose to take things into their own hands in order to promote their program and, more importantly, to assert themselves. And that is how the Portes ouvertes PFAE project came into being!


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Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2016-03-25 Normand Gosselin

Normand Gosselin

A teacher committed to restoring music education at his school to its former glory

Normand Gosselin is a former student at André-Laurendeau high school who became a professional trumpeter a few years later. However, when he subsequently returned to teach at his high school he was surprised to see just how much student interest in music had declined. He therefore made the wager that he’d redress the situation and launched the Jazzpop music concentration program, set up several extracurricular musical groups, enabled the school to become the host of the youth JazzFest and helps train the next generation of musicians. If what he has accomplished so far is anything to go by, Normand Gosselin can definitely say he’s won his wager!


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FINALISTCOMMITTED STUDENT AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2016-03-18 Nikita Li

Nikita Li

A student committed to promoting sustainable development education in schools

Nikita Li is convinced that it takes more than good intentions to protect our planet and improve the quality of life in our communities. She is the type of young person who has dreams for the society of tomorrow, but more importantly takes action to build it. Actively involved in student life and with many charitable organizations, this Secondary 5 student at Saint-Georges high school in Senneville was part of the Canadian youth delegation that attended the climate change conference in Paris last November. Her goal: to raise awareness of the importance of environmentally responsible schools that favour sustainable development education.


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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2016-03-11 Louis-Philippe Lachaine

Louis-Philippe Lachaine

A student committed to doing away with his chronic absenteeism problem and finding academic motivation

There are people who enjoy collecting stamps, for others it might be butterflies or hockey cards or coins or works of art. Louis-Philippe Lachaine, somewhat unwittingly, used to collect academic failures. This began in elementary school and then gained momentum in high school. Why? Because of chronic absenteeism and a complete lack of commitment. Things were far from improving until the day the Gérard-Filion high school student realized that life could seem to drag on and on if you didn’t have goals. Since that realization, he has come up with many projects for himself! He has also improved his grades and is now enthusiastic about the future.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED PROJECT AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2016-03-04 La seconde vie

La seconde vie

Students committed to promoting, among a thousand people, the importance of adopting environmentally responsible behaviours

Everyone knows that in order to change deeply rooted habits, the right messages must be repeated time and time again. This is the approach that some twenty students at L’Odyssée-des-Jeunes high school in Laval decided to adopt in order to make the entire student body at their school aware of the need to adopt more eco-friendly practices. And it is through their La seconde vie science fair that they hope to encourage thought and build a true commitment to the 4 Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle and recover).


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Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2016-02-26 Pierre-Luc Michel

Pierre-Luc Michel

A special needs teacher committed to using sports to break down the isolation of students experiencing academic and behavioural difficulties

With his turbulent childhood and a severe attention deficit disorder, Pierre-Luc Michel had all the makings of a student who would end up dropping out of school when he was a teenager. Luckily, sports and a few significant people in his life came to the rescue. Today he’s a special needs teacher at Gérard-Fillion high school and uses sports to build ties with young people in difficulty and pass it forward. Whether it’s by setting up a dodgeball league or organizing combat techniques and Olympic wrestling activities, he has found a way to in turn make a difference in the often bumpy lives of many young people.


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Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2016-02-19 Marianne Jasmin

Marianne Jasmin

A student committed to vitalizing student life and helping students better manage academic performance related stress

For some people, there are a thousand reasons for getting stressed out and they can sometimes put so much pressure on themselves that they lose sleep. Marianne Jasmin, a Secondary 5 student at Académie Antoine-Manseau, admits she’s not like that at all but she is aware that a number of students she knows are under a lot of stress when it comes to academic performance. Although she has always been fully involved in student life since Secondary 1, two years ago she wanted to go the extra mile to help some of her fellow students who are sometimes almost sick with apprehension the night before an exam. And that’s the story of how the Anti-Stress Week came into being!


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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2016-02-12 Justin Frappier

Justin Frappier

A student committed to forgetting about being judged by others and focusing on achieving his full potential

There are many people who refrain from taking a stand for fear of what others may think of them. Because of his moderate language disorder, dyslexia and dysorthographia, for a long time Justin Frappier was the type of person who took refuge in inaction for fear of being judged. But ever since he decided to break down his personal barriers, he just can’t seem to do enough. As the founder of the Comité vert student coop, a speaker on the importance of staying in school and a member of the robotics club, the Secondary 2 student in the special education program at Cavelier-De LaSalle high school stands out for his self-confidence and progress.


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AWARD RECIPIENTSCOMMITTED PROJECT AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2016-02-05 Bagages

Bagages

Immigrant students committed to taking to the stage to share their trials and tribulations regarding their integration into Québec society

When a wall has been erected between two realities that coexist, it’s important to find a way of knocking down that wall. With their Bagages project, teachers at Paul-Gérin-Lajoie-d’Outremont high school invited students in the reception class, that is to say teenagers who have recently arrived in Québec, to use the performing arts to share the pivotal moments in their immigration process and in doing so help bring down a wall built on ignorance or the lack of understanding of others. A project with tangible social benefits, which this year will take form with the production of a documentary.


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Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2016-01-29 Guy Labelle

Guy Labelle

A teacher committed to promoting sports and volunteering among young people to help them become accomplished and committed citizens

Participating in an ultramarathon certainly requires a great deal of perseverance, excellent physical stamina, strong resilience and steely determination. And of course Guy Labelle draws on all these qualities when he undertakes this type of race. But he also uses them when he assumes his role of physical education teacher at Dorval-Jean-XXIII high school. Because it is by adopting this ultramarathon runner attitude and giving generously of his time day after day that he guides, coaches and encourages the hundreds of students who take part in sports activities.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED STUDENT AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2016-01-22 Chaza Akoum

Chaza Akoum

A student committed to fostering a sense of belonging to school among students and increasing volunteer involvement

Before discovering the benefits of student involvement, Chaza Akoum lived in complete isolation, was subjected to various forms of intimidation and wanted above all to go unnoticed. But one day, when she was in Secondary 2 and she just happened to stop by the student activities room at school, a group of students who were in the middle of organizing the Christmas activities invited her to suggest some ideas. It was at this moment that life began to change for the Pierre-Laporte high school student. Chaza is now in Secondary 5 and the president of the student council and gets involved in all initiatives aimed at creating a stimulating and rewarding living environment.


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FINALISTPERSEVERING STUDENT AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2016-01-11 Gabriel Diotte

Gabriel Diotte

A student committed to following his dreams despite his illness

There are many young boys who dream of playing in the National Hockey League. However, with Gabriel Diotte, a Secondary 3 student at André-Laurendeau high school with a passion for hockey, it’s a whole different story. For Gabriel, who suffers from neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that has led to several other health issues including a benign brain tumour, an optic nerve glioma, congenital arthrosis of the tibia and fibula, learning disabilities and language problems, the dream is of a completely different nature: he wants to graduate from high school, become an electrician and simply be able to put on a pair of skates again. And he’s doing everything he can to fulfil this dream!


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Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2016-01-08 DLRtv

DLRtv

Students committed to promoting the dynamism of their school through creative television

In 2011, when École de la Rive high school in Lavaltrie acquired professional television production equipment that would serve to introduce students to this particular media, it was seen as a unique opportunity to create a whole new identity for the school. Today, thanks to the boundless commitment of Michel Tremblay, a history and contemporary world teacher, and a number of students, DLRtv has become quite a phenomenon in the region. With more than 200 productions under its belt, the student television studio is very much in demand and has helped enhance the school’s image.


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FINALISTCOMMITTED STUDENT AVENIR
Montréal, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval and Montérégie

2016-01-01 David Gabor

David Gabor

A student committed to drawing on his passion for music and science as a means of getting involved in student life

Music has been an integral part of David Gabor’s life since he was a little boy. At the age of six, he began taking piano lessons. Today, he continues to broaden his musical horizons at Dorval-Jean-XXIII high school, where he specializes in percussion. But above and beyond the joy of playing, the Secondary 4 student draws on music, as well as science – another of his passions –, as a way of getting involved in student life as a member of various musical groups and of promoting his school thanks to concert tours across Québec and Europe.


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